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Friday, December 2, 2016
The black metal band Netherbird (Sweden) began more than 10 years ago and they have a colorful discography of albums and EPs. However, 2016 marks a big return to action with a strong album in the form of The Grander Voyage. It is possible that in some places you may have read that they are a post-metal band or a new-jack type of band, but that really is not the case. It is black metal with a professional sound and with emphasis on riffs, melodies, atmosphere and quality. It's not necessary to take anyone's word for it: listen to the complete album at the first link below.
OFFICIAL: After almost three years of silence NETHERBIRD return with their strongest album to date. Filled to the brim with their signature style of songwriting, which incorporates black, death and even doom metal, this record is a new monument of harsh yet melodic music craft. They keep true to their origins also lyric-wise as Nephente keeps weaving his dark and personal reflections upon the world into the songs. This album is a journey spanning seven songs, and you are now invited to join the descent into uncharted territories. Staying true to their roots in the 90s Black and Death Metal underground, the band is branching out into the new soundscapes, such as Doom and even Post Metal influences. Authentic production creates increased sound clarity and the lack of triggering adds a lot of presence to the experience. All songs were Mastered by Sverker Widgren, a renowned veteran of sound engineering on the Scandinavian extreme metal scene (October Tide, IXXI, Diabolical etc). This is the second step to "The Grander Voyage". Cover artwork: J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) by permission from Tate Images.
OFFICIAL: NETHERBIRD sprung into existence October 30th 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden when Nephente, Bizmark and Grim decided to start collaborating. The was goal was to create harsh metal with influences from both black and death metal without any regard or limitation when it comes to style or even line up.
"Stockholm, Sweden's Netherbird have been blurring the boundaries between black, death, and other extreme metal strains (goth, symphonic, etc.) since 2004, when founders Nephente (vocals), Bizmark (guitars, keyboards), and Grim (guitars) first convened to record a promotional single entitled "Boulevard Black," made available the following year. This first step in due time paved the way to two separate EPs, Blood Orchid (Grim's final outing with the group) and Lighthouse Eternal (both 2007), that Netherbird distributed for free on the Internet, before landing a contract with Pulverised Records. At this point, it should probably be noted that, thus far, Netherbird had remained a strictly in-studio proposition, and a rotating cast of characters (including drummer Adrian Erlandsson of At the Gates and Cradle of Filth, Brice Leclercq of Nightrage and Dissection, Janne Saarenpää of the Crown, etc.) continued to lend a hand on a temporary basis during the production of 2008's debut full-length, The Ghost Collector. But the very next year, Netherbird announced a firm lineup of Nephente, Bizmark, guitarist Nord, and bassist Tobias Gustafsson (ex-Eucharist) during the recording of the next full-length album, Monument Black Colossal (2010), after which it was announced that Erik Röjås had also joined as a permanent drummer."
Netherbird biography on Allmusic.com, by Eduardo Rivadavia
2010-2014: Underground ferocity
Netherbird took on a more stable form from 2010 to make it possible to perform live shows. During this period Netherbird made two longer tours, festival gigs and various underground gigs around Europe takning them to Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russia and Slovakia. The 10 year celebration gig November 14th in Stockholm Sweden offially ended this era.
Netherbird took a step back into the shadows at the end 2014, all according to the initial plan. What happens next, time will tell.